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Commentary Commentary“There’s no number in this movie that we didn’t try cutting at some point.”
La La Land may not have won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, but it’s still a delightfully mesmerizing experience with one of last year’s best endings. It hits Blu-ray/DVD next week, and along with an 80 minute making-of documentary the disc features a commentary with the film’s award-winning writer/director and composer.
Keep reading to see what I heard on the commentary for…
La La Land (2016)
1. Chazelle wanted his Cinemascope opening to replicate the widening aspect ratio he recalled seeing in Frank Tashlin’s 1956 film, The Girl Can’t Help It.
2. The opening scene is modeled in some ways on 1932’s Love Me Tonight which “begins with a cacophony of street noises, Paris »
- Rob Hunter
Jacques Demy’s international breakthrough musical gives us Catherine Deneuve and wall-to-wall Michel Legrand pop-jazz — it’s a different animal than La La Land but they’re being compared anyway. The story of a romance without a happily-ever-after is doggedly naturalistic, despite visuals as bright and buoyant as an old MGM show.
The Criterion Collection 716
1964 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 92 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Les parapluies de Cherbourg / Street Date April 11, 2017 / 39.95
Cinematography: Jean Rabier
Production design:Bernard Evein
Original Music: Michel Legrand
Produced by Mag Bodard
Written and Directed by Jacques Demy
What with all the hubbub about last year’s Oscar favorite La La Land, I wonder if Hollywood will be trotting out more retro-nostalgia, ‘let’s put on a show’ musical fantasy fare. »
- Glenn Erickson
We hate to tell you this, but that big closet cleanout you just did is going to go to waste, because you’re about to restock your freshly-emptied shelves with tons of designer items. Bergdorf Goodman is offering 40 percent off of their contemporary designer collections and we’re basically stopping everything to shop it. Clothing, accessories, jewelry and shoes from designers such as Gucci, Jason Wu, Jonathan Simkhai, and Valentino (just to name a few) are all marked way down. The sale is happening online and in stores, so make sure to check it out before all of the best deals are gone! »
- Kami Phillips
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.
La La Land, Damien Chazelle’s musical romance (and EW’s favorite movie of 2016) is packing theaters in major cities across the country. Its earning power has been mighty impressive, guaranteeing that the film will be open for box office business at least until the Oscars in February, where the film leads all hopefuls with a record-tying 14 nominations.
Chazelle’s movie features a number of song and dance sequences that are both steeped in homage for old musicals and wondrously modern. In one scene, which drew inspiration from classic Hollywood »
Jimmy Fallon‘s cold open at Sunday night’s Golden Globes is chasing all the lights that shine.
The host of this year’s 74th annual Golden Globes ceremony will parody the opening scene from hit musical La La Land, which led all features with seven total nominations including best musical or comedy motion picture.
- Lindsay Kimble
5 items from 2017
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